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Damiani Wine Cellars

Damiani Wine Cellars
2020 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$59

Damiani Wine Cellars
2020 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mint gelato, pistachio toffee, and toasty berry pie with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish evoking notes of dried sour cherries, spiced nuts, and marinated beets with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright, flavorful Cabernet Franc with delicious, layered flavors and an exquisitely supple texture.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: chocolate mint gelato, pistachio toffee, and toasty berry pie
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of dried sour cherries, spiced nuts, and marinated beets
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bright, flavorful Cabernet Franc with delicious, layered flavors and an exquisitely supple texture.

The Producer

Damiani Wine Cellars

The Producer
4704 Rte 414
Burdett, NY 14818
USA
1 607-546-5557

Their Portfolio

86 Damiani Wine Cellars 2018 Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $18.00.
92 Damiani Wine Cellars 2018 Single Vineyard - Davis, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.2% (USA) $21.00.
88 Damiani Wine Cellars 2018 Semi-Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.6% (USA) $16.00.
BR Damiani Wine Cellars 2019 Rebel, Gewurztraminer, Finger Lakes 13.5% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Damiani Wine Cellars 2019 Single Vineyard - Sunrise Hill, Lemberger, Finger Lakes 12.4% (USA) $27.00.
87 Damiani Wine Cellars 2019 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 13% (USA) $24.00.
90 Damiani Wine Cellars 2019 Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes 12.3% (USA) $28.00.
93 Damiani Wine Cellars 2013 Brut Méthode Champenoise, Finger Lakes 13% (USA) $42.99.
87 Damiani Wine Cellars 2020 Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $18.00.
95 Damiani Wine Cellars 2020 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes 13.3% (USA) $59.00.
91 Damiani Wine Cellars 2016 Brut Method Champenoise, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $44.99.
94 Damiani Wine Cellars 2020 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 14.5% (USA) $59.00.
89 Damiani Wine Cellars 2020 Reserve, Merlot, Finger Lakes 14.5% (USA) $59.00.
93 Damiani Wine Cellars 2020 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Finger Lakes 14.9% (USA) $59.00.
92 Damiani Wine Cellars 2020 Meritage Red Blend, Finger Lakes 14.8% (USA) $44.00.
88 Damiani Wine Cellars 2021 Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $21.00.
88 Damiani Wine Cellars 2021 Davis Vineyard Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11% (USA) $32.00.
90 Damiani Wine Cellars NV Bollicinie, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.

Cabernet Franc

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is very closely related to cabernet sauvignon; it is widely presumed that cabernet franc is just a well established mutation. It is ideally suited to cooler climates, as it buds and ripens earlier than cabernet sauvignon. Additionally, it is less susceptible to poor weather during harvest. In the Medoc and Graves region of Bordeaux, where it typically constitutes about 15% of the final blend, it is seen as a measure of insurance against poor cabernet sauvignon or merlot weather. Cabernet franc used to be planted almost as widely as cabernet sauvignon in Bordeaux well into the 60s, but cabernet sauvignon had swung into such favor that 30 years later it had twice the acreage of cabernet franc.

Cabernet franc tends to be lighter in color and tannins than cabernet sauvignon, with an earlier-maturing character. On Bordeaux's Right Bank, cabernet franc has a stronger foothold, and is best known as the dominant grape in the blend for the famed château, Cheval Blanc. It is the most widely planted red varietal in the Loire, where it yields lighter wines, like Chinon, with distinct herbal overtones. US cabernet francs are still largely in the experimental stage; there is a huge spectrum of interpretations, from heavy Napa wines to lighter styles from the East Coast.

Cabernet Franc is noted for its deep ruby red color and peppery, spicy character. It has moderate tannins and good acidity. Generally a Cabernet Franc should be consumed with some age - at least five years - while the finest versions drink well for more than twenty years.

Pair Cabernet Franc with hearty foods such as wild game, game birds and roasts.